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The Netherlands Film Fund

The Netherlands Film Fund is the national agency responsible for supporting film production in the Netherlands. It focuses on the quality and diversity of feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental films. The Fund's operations cover participation in development, production and distribution. Besides, it supports film activities such as film festivals, coproduction markets and individual training for film professionals. It is also responsible for promoting a good climate for the national film industry.

The Film Fund was founded in 1993 by merging two other funds. Its budget is provided by the Government. It operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture and receives most of its funds on the basis of four-year policy plans.

In 2013 the Fund budget for support amounts to 27,32 million euro:

NEW SCREEN NL: 4,1 million euro
SCREEN NL: 12,01 million euro
SCREEN NL PLUS: 7,75 million euro

Distribution: 0,97 million euro and
Film activities: 1,58 million euro
Eurimages 0,91 million euro

A comprehensive overview in English is our annual publication Film facts and figures of the Netherlands.The printed version can be ordered at the below address. The latest electronic version is available here. Please also check out our new magazine
SEE NL on Dutch film, published quarterly in conjunction with EYE Film International.

Click here for our special section on coproducing.

International distribution and dubbing support Dutch features and documentaries
Foreign distributors and salesagents can apply for up to 10.000 euro International distribution and 20.000 euro dubbing support here (English section at the lower end of the page).

Target groups
Film production companies or film distributors which are  based in an EU country minimally two years previous to the request can qualify for financial support. Individual directors and screenwriters can only apply without the involvement of producers for an experimental film or animation film  if the production budget is under 25.000 euro. Individuals can receive grants for training courses and organizations can receive grants for film festivals, coproduction markets, publications and workshops.

Assessment
The decision by the CEO of the Fund to support projects or persons is primarily based on the assessment done by the Funds bureau. In case of an application through the programmes Screen NL or New Screen NL a recommendation is done by a film consultant or in specific cases by the program’s head together with external experts through the assessment of an application on its content, the artistic potential of its concept and story and on the potential of the team involved. The time needed to process a request for support generally varies from four to twelve weeks, depending on the type of request.

Supplementary Regulations subsidy
Each January, the Film Fund allocates a specific amount to grant to feature length films with significant commercial potential. For 2013 this amount is set at 7,75 million euro. Producers with 70% of their production financing in place can apply for the final part of their film's budget. At least 30% of total financing must be commercial money (sales deals, broadcasters, distributors etc). Support can be granted to producers at least three years in business in one of the countries of the European Union. Applying companies must have a supporting office in the Netherlands with at least one permanent employee. The Film Fund recommends that foreign producers apply to the supplementary rules subsidy with a Dutch co-producing partner who can fulfill the position of applicant to this regulation. The subsidy is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, until the budget is entirely assigned to projects.

International brochure

International feature film co-production requests

For international coproduction requests the following rules apply:

• Europe-based producers can apply for co-production requests, though the fund strongly recommends foreign producers to team up with a film production company from the Netherlands. At the start of cash-flowing the grant, the foreign co-production company needs to have an established office in the Netherlands.

• Priority is given to co productions with European based production companies or co productions with countries that have a coproduction treaty with the Netherlands.

• Europe-based producers can apply for co-production requests, though the fund strongly recommends foreign producers to team up with a film production company from the Netherlands. At the start of cash-flowing the grant, the foreign co-production company needs to have an established office in the Netherlands.

• The co-producer in the Netherlands should have a track record of at least one produced full length feature film, which had its theatrical release in the Netherlands if the application concerns a feature film; one produced feature length documentary, which had its theatrical release in the Netherlands if the application concern a documentary film; one independent produced animation film if the application concern an animation.

• When a request to the Fund is made, the project needs to have substantial Financial support from the country of origin of the main producer of at least 50%.

• The requested subsidy amount is to be fully spent in the Netherlands.

• The maximum contribution for a feature film minority co-production is € 250,000. This is only for production purposes; The maximum contribution for a short animation or documentary minority co-production is € 50,000. This is only for production purposes.

• Subsidy will be granted if persons from the Netherlands fill significant crew or cast posts.

• The total Dutch share in the project needs to be at least 10% of the production costs of the film. This could also include the Dutch share coming from Eurimages.

• The chance of reciprocity makes projects more eligible for funding. The Dutch co-producer who is applying should have possible co-production projects in development. This local coproduction partner from the same country can be, but doesn’t have to be, the same coproducing partner as above. For features and feature length documentaries a Dutch distributor needs to be committed to the project.

Artistic quality

In addition to international organisations, the Film Fund is always open to the possibility of participating in artistically interesting projects with less obvious partners, for example the Hubert Bals Fund, especially when these result in producers making valuable contacts.

International distribution and dubbing support for Dutch features and documentaries
Foreign distributors and sales agents can apply for up to 10.000 euro International distribution and 20.000 euro dubbing support here (English section at the lower end of the page).

Organisation
The Netherlands Film Fund is headed by Doreen Boonekamp, CEO.

For information on possible applications for coproductions please contact mrs Dany Delvoie 3120-5707683 or 
For general information please contact mr Jonathan Mees, communication and press officer, + 31205707681 or

The Netherlands Film Fund
Pijnackerstraat 5
1072 JS Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Phone  +31(0)205707676
E-mail   info@filmfonds.nl